Sewickley gets tree service to help install banners
A local tree-cutting service has donated the use of a bucket truck to help install the remaining 20 military banners throughout Sewickley, said a borough councilman who is spearheading the effort.
“I have struck a deal with Jim Edson of Bartlett Tree Experts,” Councilman John Dunn said. “Jim will donate the use of the bucket truck and we will pay the hourly rate for the worker.”
Dunn said the hourly rate will be between $30 to $40 an hour. Work should begin Saturday, June 16 and be completed within four hours, he said.
”That will be a big savings on a rental fee plus delivery to and from Sewickley,” Dunn said in an email.
The banners, which honor and memorialize veterans of the Sewickley community, were not in place during the Memorial Day weekend. Their absence sparked an outpouring of criticism on social media. The banners were first put up in 2017 in time for Memorial Day and remained up through Veterans Day when they were taken down and stored in the municipal building.
Dunn, who intially looked into renting a hydraulic crane for the installation and installed eight himnself, started a GoFundMe page to help defer some of the costs. As of Friday morning, $750 had been donated, $250 short of the $1,000 goal. Monies raised will be used to pay the worker and for taking down the banners sometime after Veterans Day.
“I commend Mr. Edson for his response,” Dunn said. “Kevin Flannery (borough manager) asked Jim for his help.”
“I believe this is the best option right now.”